Course Title: Construction Skills

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Construction Skills

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Frank Boukamp

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1987

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Room 8.8.54

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course develops your understanding of the construction industry and introduces you to how diverse trades that contribute to a residential construction project function. The course focuses on developing your knowledge of construction skills as applied across diverse industry trades such as: carpentry, bricklaying, plastering, electrics and plumbing. Working in a team environment you will engage in the process of setting out and levelling a site within Melbourne. You will develop your knowledge of construction Health and Safety regulations, which includes examination of various elements of the Health and Safety codes of practice and legislation. This course will enable you to engage in a range of practical workshops and activities designed to develop and enhance your understanding of construction site management practice in the residential sector.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the construction trades and work processes to review the construction practices of a residential project.
  • Critically appraise the state and the condition of site progress on a residential construction project.
  • Apply knowledge of construction Health and Safety regulations to determine the level of safety for a residential project.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to enable you to apply your developing knowledge and skills and include workshops, practical study and site visits.

You will be engaged in face to face one week intensive 5 full-day study period. You will be guided in your learning through classes, workshops and construction site visits with academics and industry representatives

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

While on tour you can expect to access lectures at industry sites, tours of construction sites and presentations from industry. 

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment. It may consist of a range of works and/or presentation that either respond to a project outline or are self-directed and will be assessed by academic staff.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Studio Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more. 

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.